In 2021, the USS Constitution Museum acquired 23 new accessions, totaling 338 individual artifacts and archival records, through donations and purchases. The scope and breadth of these new acquisitions—which includes rare books, navigational artifacts, photographs, handwritten letters, receipts, and more—contributes to the Museum’s nationally significant and ever-growing collection that is recognized through the “Save America’s Treasures” program. Among these new items is an engraved Congressional silver medal presented to Lieutenant Alexander Scammel Wadsworth for his participation in the battle against HMS Guerriere during the War of 1812. This one-of-a-kind medal now accompanies the portraits of Wadsworth and his wife, Louisa Jerusha Denison, already in the Museum’s collection.

New Acquisition Highlights